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    Practice Like a Madman

    My name is Michael Vladimir Nicolayeff. I've been working in the creative industry since 2006, mainly making 3d graphics for VR. I don't put much of that into this thread, however: I use this sketchbook mainly for studies, sketches, and general life drawing.

    When I started this sketchbook at the end of 2011, I felt I'd been stranded on a plateau. Since then I've redoubled my efforts and have seen some major improvements in my color use and ability to depict volume. I still have a lot to learn.

    Now my main goals here are to get better at environments, landscapes, industrial design, perspective, anatomy, and especially storytelling.

    I'd like to be able to communicate something further about the subject than merely what it looks like. If I create a robot, it should be clear what it's made of and what it could be used for. If I create a person, they should broadcast their personality through their clothing, face, and body language, and appear to be a unique individual. And with an environment, I should be able to indicate something about the people that work or live there. I want to create fantastical things that could exist within the rules of their own universe.

    If you'd like, leave some feedback. I'm also open to trading critiques.
    I also run a small drawing group in Santa Barbara, CA[/B][/center]

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    Here are some studies from last night:

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    And a few other recent ones:
    Color study:
    Attachment 1322275

    Flickr photo studies:
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    Some photo studies from tonight:
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    Great studies man!
    One thing it wud be nice to see em a bit bigger ay!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tronrobot View Post
    Great studies man!
    One thing it wud be nice to see em a bit bigger ay!
    Thanks! That should be easy enough - when I'm working on the thumbnails I use a higher resolution.

    Here are some larger versions:

    Attachment 1322641
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    http://www.flickr.com/photos/cubagallery/5270765382/



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    Did some value studies tonight:
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    Did a still life tonight from observation. I'm working in grayscale so I can get a better understanding of value:
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    Progression:
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    Did some more studies and another still life. I'm still mainly working on value at the moment.

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    Awesome studies, thanks for posting The drawings in your paper sketchbook look great, I'd love to see more.
    I also struggle with the same things you mentioned.
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    Hey yoh This is a nice sketchbook you got going. The value studies of color and light are unique. The sketch book panoramics are awesome. The overall layout of everything is very clean. I like that you credit the photographer below the thumbs.
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    Amazing work! Those step by step shots were really helpful btw, thanks

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    I've been messing around a bit with doing studies from movies. I don't recommend doing that with anything you haven't already watched since if you're interested in a story you don't want it stopping every 5 minutes for 10 minutes of unrelated stuff.

    In this case I did some rough stills from "The Mechanist". It has a lot of mistakes so it seems like I should spend more time on the next one. I might do something similar with the game "Limbo" later.

    I've also been watching some video tutorials by concept artsists Feng Zhu and Xia Taptara (IDrawGirls). It makes me think I should do some studies of John Singer Sargent's work.

    I've also been doing a few more observational landscapes in my sketchbook. I'll upload them when I get a chance.

    Movie frame studies, at apx. every 10 minutes:
    Attachment 1350591

    Based on some things I was seeing in Xia Taptara's videos, I did some sketching with a very flattened soft brush.

    The brush:
    Attachment 1350592

    The Sketches:
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    Also, here's a random thing from August, since I felt it had purdy colors.
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    Thank you for your advice. I will be doing more value studies.
    I'll also be happy if you have time to give me more advice

    How comes that in your movie studies all but the last one seems to be cut in half by the composition. I suppose this was done to achieve some effect, or am I just imagining things? (I haven't seen the movie)

    These little color sketches are cute, especially the one with the red critter.
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    Hi Leysan, the scenes from The Mechanist are fairly accurate to how it looked in the movie, other than color & value issues.

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    Lately I've been working on doing frame by frame animation, though currently nothing worth showing. I'm considering participating 11 Second Club competition. Previously I've done some basic character animation for work in 3ds Max, but haven't done much hand-drawn work. We'll see how things go.

    Today I did another still life of some apples. I got a few odd comments from coworkers seeing my still life setup during lunchtime, but I guess that's to be expected. This time I started out in color, trying to keep things fairly saturated. I was attempting to do local color first, then control the value. After a little while I found I was struggling with too many elements at once, so I used a luminosity layer to adjust the value with another layer up top to desaturate everything. That way I could focus on fixing the values without being distracted by color inaccuracies. I think I'd like to try using an underpainting method next time.

    My girlfriend arrived two hours earlier than expected, so the bottom one is somewhat rushed.

    Here's the painting:
    Attachment 1366695

    Steps:
    Attachment 1366696

    Also, here's how I'm setting up my still lifes at the moment:
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